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Malmö celebrates as Öresund bridge turns 10

The Local · 2 Jul 2010, 16:41

Published: 02 Jul 2010 16:41 GMT+02:00

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A tonne of fireworks had been laid out along and around the bridge and at 11.45pm the party started.

The fireworks had however been delayed by half an hour due to a fault with the helicopter that had been drafted in to film the festivities.

"The helicopter that was due to film and document the show broke down and it took a little while to procure a new. So we had to delay the fireworks," said Jesper Skjönnemand at bridge operator Öresundbron to the local Skånska Dagbladet daily.

The fireworks display was accompanied by a laser show that also experienced a hiccup, according to several media.

"This might sound slightly strange, but this was due to the weather being too good. It was very dry in the air, with very few particles - ideal for fireworks, but less so for the laser," Skönnemand said.

Aside from the tens of thousands reported to have watched the show on site, Öresundsbron claims that over 13,000 people visited their website during the evening to watch the live feed.

The Öresund bridge opened on July 2nd 2000 and after an initial slow start has proved a popular means to cross from Sweden to Denmark. More than 16,000 people use the bridge to travel to work, mostly in the Danish capital Copenhagen.

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23:12 July 2, 2010 by MonicaH_lv
We drove from Tomelilla to watch the fireworks and they were wonderful. We were right where they were setting them off, it was great!!!. There were alot of people there and we had to park a way from the viewing area but it made it easier to get out as we were closer to the exit.
02:02 July 3, 2010 by GLO
The bridge was a big mitake!!!! Sweden is now over run by People that do not contribute to society. Lower demand for Swedish made goods, culture decay, greater EU impact. Loss of Sweden identity. Crime has exploded, Lost family dependancy.

Now, every day the news is just unbelievable,,, what will Sweden look like in 10 years???? Does anyone even care ????
10:12 July 4, 2010 by Nachos
Agreed with GLO. I'm surprised that Denmark hasn't shut down it's side of the bridge. I'm also surprised that Sweden hasn't offered to give Malmö back to Denmark. At this point, they'd probably have to pay the Danes to take it back.
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